Dak Prescott continues to surprise. He continues to impress. And he continues to win.
It doesn’t seem like there’s anything the Dallas Cowboys’ rookie quarterback can’t do anymore.
The Cowboys had the ball at their own 25, trailing 30-29 with 42 seconds left. No problem for Prescott.
He followed an incompletion on first down with three straight completions: a 10-yard pass to Cole Beasley; a 13-yard pass to Jason Witten; and a 5-yard pass to Witten. Ezekiel Elliott did the rest with a 32-yard touchdown run on the next play.
“It was outstanding. No moment is too big for him,” right guard Zack Martin said. “We’re down on the road in Pittsburgh, an electric crowd and he was able to pull it together and have a game-winning drive.”
That is why Prescott is the quarterback going forward. Owner Jerry Jones made it clear that the team will ride the hot hand in Prescott and veteran Tony Romo will serve as the backup.
Prescott finished the game 22-of-32 passing for 319 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It marked his first career 300-yard game, and another in which he had a 100-or-better passer rating (121.7).
“I just thought he was remarkable,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I thought he was great throughout the game dealing with different situations and then particularly at the end of the game. He made plays when he needed to make them.”
Added Jones: “His play under pressure is the thing I would note the most.”
For Prescott, he continued to downplay the magnitude of what he’s been able to do in his young career. It’s not normal for a rookie quarterback to lead a team to an 8-1 start.
Then again, Prescott isn’t your normal quarterback, as he’s shown time after time.
“I don’t really think what is normal and abnormal,” Prescott said. “I just focus on my job. I want to help this team win and give them a chance to win week in and week out. I’m trying my best to do that.”
Prescott wouldn’t even bite when asked how his game compared with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s.
Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings and Hall of Fame credentials, and Prescott came out on top in what amounted to a shootout.
“It’s not really the guy on the other side of the field or the other quarterback. It’s about this team and how we just keep fighting and believing in each other,” Prescott said.
Roethlisberger didn’t offer much insight into how he felt about Prescott or Elliott, saying: “They won the game. They were awesome.”
Prescott has been “awesome” all season and rallied his guys after a sluggish start. The Cowboys were down 12-3 early, but didn’t flinch.
Prescott found Elliott on a screen pass that went for an 83-yard touchdown.
But it was the late TD drives that separated Prescott.
He led a 10-play, 75-yard drive to get the Cowboys a 29-24 lead with 1:55 left, and then put together the stunning TD drive with 42 seconds left.
“It was a great win,” Prescott said. “Probably one of the best wins I have had in my young career — in all of football actually. It was just a great team win and nobody was really blinking, nobody really flinching.
“Just believing in ourselves in all phases of the team and getting the win.”